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05 Feb 2004

Chickpeas, legumes etc
dear d doc,
i would like to know if chickpeas, the indian 'moong dhal' and other dhals or legumes are classified as protein or carbohydrate,all (i knowis that theyre a bit of a mixture!) and how much is recomended as a portion size for it to be part of a weight-loss diet. i am insulin resistant and so my carbo's according to my dietician have to be controlled. the problem is, whenever i have about 2/3 of a cup of chickpeas or 'dhal' as my protein portion 4-5 times a week(as i find these more filling to other proteins) i seem to either put on weight or not lose any weight whilst sticking to my plan thouroughly for that week.
i also need to know which legumes,baked beansetc are protein and which are carbs.

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Tammy-Ann
Because of their high protein content, all legumes, including baked beans, are classified as protein foods, not starches or carbs. I would suggest that you reduce the portion-size to 1/2 cup (125 ml) and also make sure that you are not adding too much fat to the legumes during preparation. In general, legumes are rich in plant protein and dietary fibre and low in fat, with a low GI, so they are ideal for use in slimming diets and to treat insulin resistance.
Best regards
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